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Know Your Kidneys’ Condition

Kidney Foundation

March is Kidney Disease Awareness month. Weiss will offer free kidney health screenings on Wednesday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois sponsors this health education event with the KidneyMobile, a traveling exhibit to spread awareness. The screenings will include measurements for blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and waist circumference. No appointments are needed; stop by during the designated hours to participate!

To help us learn more about kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois shared these vital facts.

More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and millions more are at risk and don’t know it. Since kidney disease can sneak up without any warning in the way of symptoms, the disease has been labeled a “silent killer” and a “quiet epidemic.”

  1. The incidence of kidney failure, or end stage renal disease (ESRD), is rising fast, with more than 546,000 Americans currently receiving treatment. This includes more than 381,000 dialysis patients and 165,000 people with functioning kidney transplants.
  2. Of the more than 110,000 Americans currently awaiting organ transplants, 87,000 are waiting for a kidney.
  3. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44 percent of the new cases. Nearly 215,000 people are living with kidney failure resulting from diabetes.
  4. Uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the country, accounting for 26 percent of all cases.
  5. The third and fourth leading causes of kidney failure in the U.S. are glomerulonephritis, an inflammatory disease of the kidneys, and polycystic kidney disease.
  6. CKD hits minorities disproportionately, with African Americans affected at a rate of nearly three times that of Caucasians as the number of new cases of kidney failure per million is 783 for African Americans and 295 for whites.  Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and the elderly are also at increased risk.
  7. Each year, more than 88,000 Americans die from causes related to kidney failure.
  8. Premature death from cardiovascular disease is higher in adults with CKD compared to adults without CKD. In fact, individuals with CKD are 16 to 40 times more likely to die than to reach kidney failure.
  9. CKD continues to be a major cause of lost productivity, physician visits and hospitalizations among men and women.

For more information, contact the national Kidney Foundation of Illinois at (312) 321-1500 or visit

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